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Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Blu-Ray Review - "It's A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World" Criterion Collection Edition

Stanley Kramer's "It's A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World" is without a doubt one of the greatest screwball comedies of all-time.

Filmed in 1963 with a running time of close to 3 hours (depending on which cut of the film you watch) and a cast filled with the biggest comedy stars of the day including: Milton Berle, Jonathan Winters, Sid Caesar, Dick Shawn, Buddy Hackett, Phil Silvers and countless cameos from Don Knotts to the Three Stooges!

The film is so epic in scope that it's hard to believe the budget was only $9 million dollars.  If made today that amount wouldn't even cover the salary of 1 comedic movie star.

If you have never seen this comedy classic then it's time to check it out via the just released Criterion Collection Blu-Ray/DVD combo pack.  This 5 Disc set is hands down the definitive home video release of this great film and is loaded with extras including...

1) Restored 4K digital film transfer of the general release version of the film
2) Selection of humorist and voice-over artist Stan Freberg's original TV and radio ads for the film
3) Original and re-release trailers
4) Press interview from 1963 featuring Director Stanley Kramer and cast members
5) New documentary on the film's visual and sound effects
6) Excerpt from a 1974 talk show hosted by Kramer, and featuring Mad World actors Sid Caesar, Buddy Hackett and Jonathan Winters

Plus much, much more!

Drumroll please... 10 out of 10 drumsticks!!!

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